Gold, silver and bronze at nationals

Gold, silver and bronze at nationals

Clara Foster of Nelson South scooped her second gold medal on the last day of the State NZ Short Course Championships in Wellington, this time in the 100m breaststroke, as Nelson Marlborough girls continued to show their class in the breaststroke. In the same event, Sara Gane won silver in the 15-year-old age group. Ellie Rukuwai of Nelson South earlier won a bronze in the 50m and Gane another silver in the 200m breaststroke.

Sam McKenzie (14) of Nelson Swimming Club will come home with three silver medals and one bronze from the Short Course championships. McKenzie had three other top ten finishes and set two Nelson Marlborough open records and five age group records.

Nelson club distance specialist Talya Harwood (14) picked up bronze medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle events, setting Nelson Marlborough open and age group records in both events.

Ellie Rukuwai (15), of Nelson South, won bronze in the 50m breaststroke and finished 6th in the final for the 10 fastest females of any age in that event. Her time was a Nelson Marlborough open and age group record.

Other local swimmers who finished in the top ten in their age group events were Madisen Stanley (17) and Caitlin Delany (15) of Nelson Swimming Club, and Nelson South swimmers Samantha Trevurza and Pip Dwyer, both 14, and Eddie Neill and Amy Coulton, both 16.

A Nelson South girls’ medley relay team of Trevurza, Foster, Dwyer and Rukuwai placed 7th in the 13-15 year age group, competing against the top clubs in New Zealand.

Day 1

Clara Foster of Nelson South Swimming Club claimed the Gold medal in the 50m breaststroke for 13-year-old girls during the first day of the NZ Short Course Championships yesterday in Wellington. Clara's time of 35.11 seconds set a new Nelson Marlborough regional age group record. 

Ellie Rukuwai, also of Nelson South, won Bronze in the same event for 

Medal winners from Nelson Marlborough

15-year-old girls, and finished 6th in the open final for the 10 fastest females of any age in the 50m breaststroke. Ellie also set a new regional age group record in the process with her time of 33.42.

Sam McKenzie (14) Nelson Swimming Club got Bronze in the 200m freestyle for 14-year-old boys, and also 6th in the 100m butterfly.

In other age group results, Sara Gane (15), Blenheim Swimming Club placed 6th in the 50m breast, and Samantha Trevurza (14) of Nelson South finished 7th in the 100m backstroke, setting a new regional open record. Madisen Stanley (17) of Nelson Club was 8th in the 50m breaststroke and Pip Dwyer (14) of Nelson South was 9th in the 400 individual medley.

Day 2

Sam McKenzie, Nelson Swimming Club – Silver in 50 free, new SNM open record (24.43)

Sara Gane and coach Andy AdairCaitlin Delany (15), Nelson Swimming Club  – 8th in 800 free

Talya Harwood (14), Nelson Swimming Club  – Bronze in 800 free, SNM open record (9:18.70)

Clara Foster (13), Nelson South – Bronze 200 breast

Sara Gane (15), Blenheim Swimming Club – Silver 200 breast

Madisen Stanley (17), Nelson Swimming Club – 8th in 800 free, 9th in 200 Breast

Day 3

Sam McKenzie – Silver in 50 Fly, 10th in 400 free

Eddie Neill (16), Nelson South - 10th in 200 IM

Nelson South girls - 7th in 4x50 medley relay (Sam Trevurza, Clara Foster, Pip Dwyer, Ellie Rukuwai)

Day 4

Sam McKenzie – Silver in 100 free (time: 53.71 SNM open record)

Talya Harwood – Bronze in 400 free (time: 4:32.54  age group & open record)

Sally McMath (15), Blenheim Swimming Club - 9th in 100 fly, 10th in 50 Back

Sam Trevurza (14), Nelson South  – 6th in 50 Back (time: 31.01 age group record)

Pip Dwyer (16), Nelson South – 7th in 400 free

Amy Coulton (16), Nelson South – 9th in 400 free

Regional 4x50 medley relay - 8th (Trevurza, Gane, Gaging and Rukuwai)

Nelson Marlborough swimmers and coaches at Short Course Champs 2013Day 5

Clara Foster – Gold 100 Breast

Sara Gane – Silver 100 breast

Ellie Rukuwai – 5th 100 breast

Madisen Stanley – 7th 100 breast

Sam McKenzie - 6th 1500 free

Posted: Thu 03 Oct 2013